Surrender by Stephanie Tyler (Section 8 #1)

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Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

DESPERATE, FEARLESS, AND HUNTED For former Navy SEAL Dare O’Rourke, Section 8 was legendary. The son of one of its missing members, he grew up in the shadow of its secrets. All he knew was that it was a cabal of operatives discharged from branches of the military and reassigned to extremely dangerous, off- the-books international missions. And that their handler was as shrouded in mystery as the missions themselves.

NOTHING CAN STOP THEM. NOTHING CAN BREAK THEM. Now the handler of Section 8 has given orders to kill any remaining members, along with their families. Dare must save his long-lost half sister, Avery, whom he was never meant to meet. Determined to fight for their lives and find their missing father, Dare and Avery bring together for one last mission those who are in danger because of their relationship to Section 8—to avenge their families and to survive.

When you think of a Section 8, you think of some mental disorder, craziness and being discharged out of the military, which is exactly what those behind the Section 8 black ops group created. It consisted of seven men and one woman recruited from various military branches and the CIA and all had a little bit of crazy in them, many were getting discharged out of the military and they were snapped up by the handler that took care of all the missions. No one was supposed to know who the handler was, then and now. However his name is getting out and in the last few years there has been a clean sweep order to keep is identity under wraps.

Over the last six years those with ties to Section 8 including their families were gone, accidents and unexplained deaths were killing those with even the smallest connection. Darius O’Rourke was part of the original eight and his son Dare knew that they were both on that list, his father has been missing for a year and Dare was supposed to have died a year ago in the jungle, however someone saved his life, at a very high price.

Dare knew that S8 had officially disbanded when he was thirteen and for years the members worked missions on their own, until they got a call and the remaining six members had one last job, four men never returned with only Adele and Darius coming back alive, however they were never the same. Now Adele was visiting Dare, coming to a place where he never has visitors; after he almost died he has been alone for a year with his nightmares. Adele tells him that his half sister needs him and he will have to come out of hiding to help her.

As he rescues his sister Avery, they travel to New Orleans where they start to find others as they come to find answers, Gunner, Key, Jem and Grace all have something in common and they are all facing death unless they come to some kind of understanding and work together to find the one man that wants his secrets to die with them.

This book is full of action, adventure and all the fun of tortured alpha men and women just at tough. It should also be noted that the blurb on the back only talks about his half sister, this is not who Dare has a romance with; the author even writes a side note about this on GoodReads, the blurb seems to be missing a major player in this romantic suspense. However, blurb aside, this was a great book and I am so excited it is the start of a new series. I love how the story kept me guessing until the end, the plot twists are page turning material. There were several surprises as the ending came and I liked how I never saw them coming.

The characters all fit the perfect black ops profile, all with questionable and secret pasts, tortured souls and they all had a bit of “crazy” in their personalities, they all had this adrenaline rush they would experience when they would do something just a little off, and it happened to all of them, a personality quirk that the author wrote in to each one. I would have liked more information about how Dare is dealing with his nightmares, as this was something that immobilized him for a year, it seemed glossed over when all the action hit, and I am not sure when any of them slept as there was so much going on. I also was confused when Key and Jem go to their family home to pick up a Jeep that had been in a shed for years, and it just started right away, maybe more will be explained in each of their stories. Otherwise the story flowed well as we go from one heart stopping moment to another.

The romance between Grace and Dare was heartfelt and I enjoyed the chemistry between the two, even though they could not trust each other at first as they each have all these secrets. I liked each of the other characters that they collected along the way to help thwart the bad guy, they all had

something in common as they form this tenuous group. I look forward to getting to know each one in future books, the back stories are all intriguing and I can’t wait to hear about their tortured pasts, I love those tortured heroes.

All in all this is a wonderful action packed story and a series that I will continue with. I am not sure whose story is next, however I will take any of them as they are all interesting characters.

I give Surrender by Stephanie Tyler 4.5 Stars!

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